Best Power Banks and Portable Chargers for Google Pixel

Best Power Banks for Google Pixel

A power bank (or portable charger) can mean the difference between stressing over your phone’s battery life. Or being able to use it all day long without worry. The best power banks for Google Pixel can fast charge and provide all day power.

Best Power Banks for Google Pixel

Aukey PB-Y23 20000 Universal and Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000

This guide will help you get the best power bank for these Google Pixel phones:

  • Google Pixel/Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2/2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3/3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a/3a XL

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Choosing the Right Portable Charger For You

Unlike wall chargers a portable charger allows you to recharge your phone anywhere. As they have their own rechargeable batteries you aren’t tethered to a wall outlet. With the right power bank can charge your phone as fast as any wall charger. And have enough power to get you through a busy day or weekend camping trip.

The lithium batteries used in a portable charger do add weight, bulk, and cost compared to a wall charger. And of course a portable charger can only offer a finite number of recharges before it runs out of power itself.

With all that in mind, the three things to look at when buying a portable charger are capacity, output, and price.

Capacity – Only Carry What You Need

All things being equal more capacity means more uptime for your phone. But you can end up with too much capacity. More capacity also means a higher price tag and more weight. You don’t want to pay for and carry around a power bank that recharges your phone 4 times. When you really only need 1-2 recharges. The best power bank for your Google Pixel is one that meets your uptime needs. But not much more.

Google Pixel Battery Comparison

Milliampere hours (mAh) is a measure of a battery’s capacity.

  • 5,000mAh | 0.8-1 recharge | 3-5 oz
  • 10,000mAh | 1.5-2.5 recharges | 7-8 oz
  • 20,000mAh | 3.5-4.5 recharges | 13-16 oz
  • 26,800mAh | 4.5-6.5 recharges | 16-21 oz

I recommend a 10,000mAh power bank in most cases. If you have a regular sized Pixel you could get by with 5,000mAh. But the XLs definitely need 10,000mAh, as a 5,000mAh won’t give them a full recharge. If supporting two Pixels 10,000mAh should still work. But for two Pixel XLs I’d move up to 20,000mAh. Smaller power banks will be lighter and cheaper. And tend to be designed with smartphones in mind.

A 26,800mAh power bank allows you to recharge your phone all week long. Before having to recharge the power bank itself. Some prefer that convenience to carrying less weight. Larger power banks are also a good idea when camping or otherwise away from civilization.

Output – Enabling Fast Charging

All Google Pixel phones include a fast charger. But buying any random USB-C power bank does not guarantee you’ll get the same fast charging experience. You need one that supports 18W (or more) USB-C Power Delivery. With the best choices you’ll be able to charge from 0-50% in 30-40 minutes (more time for the larger models).

USB-C PD is only on USB-C ports. So you’ll use a USB-C to USB-C cable, like the one included with your phone and charger.

Learn more about fast charging.


Compact:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,0000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and regular USB-A. And supports trickle charging for your Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker.

  • Good for 1.5 to 2.5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • Can charge two Pixels at once, fast charging the one on USB-C
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch to help offset higher price
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

10,0000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD, Quick Charge, and an extra USB-A port. Slim design that is easy to hold behind your phone while you charge.

  • Good for 1.5 to 2.5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches | 8.6 oz

Review of the AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

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Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000

10,0000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge. Has a more compact design. Also lightest of the 10k options.

  • Good for 1.5 to 2.5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches | 6.5 oz

Review of the Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000

Large Capacity:
AUKEY PB-Y23 20000 Universal

20,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge. Its larger capacity can keep your phone going through a weekend away from home. But weights twice as much as a compact model.

  • Good for 3.5 to 4.5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 7 x 2.7 x 1 inches | 13.4 oz

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

26,8000mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and Quick Charge 3.0. As large as most power banks get. But still allowed on US flights. Best for those who don't mind the weight and don't want to recharge their power bank more than once a week.

  • Good for 6 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • Can charge two phones at once, fast charging the one on USB-C
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 16.3 oz

Review of the RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800


Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-12-14.

Don’t see a power bank you quite like? Or is available in your region? Take what you’ve learned here and check out my larger power bank comparison listing.


USB-C Cable

Your Google Pixel included a USB-C to USB-C cable. You can use that with any of the portable charger’s above. If you want a can to stay with your new portable charger you’ll want a second cable. There are lots of cables available for under $10. Stick with a USB-C 2.0 cable. They are cheaper and USB 3.1/3.2 does nothing in terms of charging. Remember the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD includes a cable.